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Volume 11, issue 1 | Copyright
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 341-357, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-341-2018
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Research article 16 Jan 2018

Research article | 16 Jan 2018

PHIPS-HALO: the airborne particle habit imaging and polar scattering probe – Part 2: Characterization and first results

Martin Schnaiter, Emma Järvinen, Ahmed Abdelmonem, and Thomas Leisner Martin Schnaiter et al.
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

Abstract. The novel aircraft optical cloud probe PHIPS-HALO has been developed to establish clarity regarding the fundamental link between the microphysical properties of single atmospheric ice particles and their appropriated angular light scattering function. After final improvements were implemented in the polar nephelometer part and the acquisition software of PHIPS-HALO, the instrument was comprehensively characterized in the laboratory and was deployed in two aircraft missions targeting cirrus and Arctic mixed-phase clouds. This work demonstrates the proper function of the instrument under aircraft conditions and highlights the uniqueness, quality, and limitations of the data that can be expected from PHIPS-HALO in cloud-related aircraft missions.

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PHIPS-HALO is a novel aircraft instrument for cloud research. It combines microscopic imaging of single cloud particles with the measurement of their spacial light scattering properties. The knowledge of how atmospheric ice particles in clouds scatter visible light is important for improving future climate models.
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